Sunday, November 20, 2011

Asian American Appreciation Day On December 3 in Fairfax County, Virginia


Asian American Community Advocacy and Resource Day

FAIRFAX, Va. (Nov. 21) – On Saturday, December 3rd, Asian American Pacific Islanders will have their first “Appreciation Day” at the Fairfax Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event is hosted by Voice of Vietnamese Americans, in coalition with many other Asian American and Civic Engagement Organizations.

“The increasing challenges that our people face daily have illuminated the stellar leadership enjoyed by Virginians in Fairfax, and we are very grateful,” said Genie Nguyen, VVA President. “We are thankful to Senator Webb and Senator Warner representing Virginia; many State Senators and State Delegates representing Fairfax; Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova; Mason District Supervisor Penelope Gross and other Supervisors; the Fairfax County School Board; as well as many strong community advocates who have worked hard to protect the diverse interests of Virginians.”

Fairfax County is regarded as one of the best-governed counties in the nation. Senator Warner is among the most experienced legislators in issues such as jobs, budget, and fiscal responsibility. Senator Webb championed the focus on foreign affairs in Asia and the Pacific, resulting in significant Trans-Pacific-Partnerships that will raise US exports, translating to revenue and jobs for Americans.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are trying our best to support Virginian leaders. We hope that this “Appreciation Day” will also inspire all AAPI voters and other ethnic Americans to be more engaged with our representatives at all levels. Voter registration will be conducted at this event.

For three weeks before the Nov. 8, 2011 general elections, VVA successfully mobilized a field team and several phone banks to contact Fairfax County residents to get out the vote. In August, VVA’s Asian American Community Advocacy and Resource Day drew area residents to meet and discuss our issues with nearly a dozen elected officials. In late October, nearly fifteen local candidates running for office, participated in VVA’s Candidates’ Forum at Mason District, where 22% voters are Asian American Pacific Islanders. This December 3, Asian American Appreciation Day hopes to spark the interest in our voters to join us in supporting our great leaders.

The event is free and open to the public. To be a sponsoring partner at Asian American Appreciation Day, please send an e-mail to


The mission of Voice of Vietnamese Americans is to empower Vietnamese Americans by promoting civic engagement through community organizing and capacity building. Voice of Vietnamese Americans enhances, defends, and protects the American core values of human rights, civil rights, democracy, liberty, and justice for all.


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